Pressing Escape to Exit Text without discarding changes

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TL, DR: Pressing Escape should save text changes when working with text - not cancel them.

I use Camtasia all the time in my work (I'm a UX Designer) and the latest upgrade to Camtasia 3 has been great - with one exception.  When working with text (inside an Annotation for instance), I am always shooting myself in the foot.  

I will type the text that I want, then press the Escape key on the keyboard to exit the typing mode and go back to the object select mode (made up those words myself).  This is how I work with a large number of products (Pages, Sketch, Powerpoint, Keynote, Excel...).  It is a quick way to update the information inside of an object, then back out to working with the object as a whole.  The problem is that when I press Escape after editing text, it undoes all of the changes I made.  Pressing escape is the keyboard equivalent of pressing Cancel.  I also cannot press Enter (the keyboard equivalent of Save) because that enters a new line in my text.  I must use the mouse to click another item, then re-click the text so that I can work with it as an object.  This pattern of interaction is both frustrating, more time-consuming, and inconsistent with generally accepted software practices for working with objects.

The suggest solution is simple, pressing the Escape key when editing text Saves the changes made and reverts to working with the text as a whole object.  If I want to use the keyboard to undo the changes I've made, I already have a universally acknowledged keyboard shortcut: Cmd + Z.
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graysen.pack

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Leif, Employee

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Use Cmd+Enter to save and exit.
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graysen.pack

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Great - glad to know there's a shortcut out there.  It may be worth user-testing how many people understand Cmd+Enter naturally.  Love the product :D
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Leif, Employee

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I'm sorry, I misspoke.  Cmd+Enter does end text editing, but it also moves the playhead to the start of the timeline. So it doesn't appear there is a way to save and end editing currently.  I'll check and see what Camtasia 9 does, and enter a bug on the MAC side since there should be a way to save and exit text editing mode with the keyboard alone.
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graysen.pack

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Thanks Leif!  I was just about to try it out when this came through.  If I'm not mistaken, the escape key worked as described above in Camtasia 2 for Mac.
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I thought I was the only one who couldn't figure out how to save and exit text editing mode! Upvoted this one. 
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Leif, Employee

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This isn't precisely what you asked for, but it may help. In the 3.0.5 release, you can now hit Option+Enter to exit text editing mode and save the changes.  It is the same shortcut used to enter text editing mode when you have a singe callout selected. Also it is the same as the main menu option Text->Edit Text (or Text->Save Text depending on the state).  Hopefully, this will help you out.  In case you were wondering, we are listening...so keep the suggestions and your pain points rolling in (Feel free to comment on what you like as well).